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Latest USDA Crop Progress Report Shows Crops Continue to Look Great And Are Ahead of Schedule

Latest USDA Crop Progress Report Shows Crops Continue to Look Great And Are Ahead of Schedule

With the growing season nearing its peak, all the nation’s major crops continue to be in good shape and are ahead of normal progress according to the latest USDA Crop Progress Report.

In the 18 major corn growing states, 82 percent of the crop is in the silking stage, 7 points ahead of the 5-year average for this time of year. Taking that a step further, 22 percent is in the dough stage, 5 points ahead of the 5-year average.

Overall, the U.S. corn crop is rated 72 percent in the good to excellent category (69 percent last week),   21 percent is fair and 7 percent poor to very poor.

Same story, second verse for the soybean crop as 76 percent of the crop is in the blooming stage, 4 points ahead of the 5-year average. The crop is also ahead of schedule on setting pods as 43 percent is in that stage compared to 36 percent for the 5-year average.

In the major soybean states, 72 percent of the crop is in the good to excellent category this week (69 percent last week), 22 percent is fair, and 6 percent is in poor to very poor condition.

The U.S. cotton crop is right on schedule and is rated 49 percent in the good to excellent category this week (47 percent last week), 35 percent is fair and 16 percent poor to very poor.

In the six major grain sorghum producing states, the crop continues to make good progress and 53 percent is rated good to excellent (51 percent last week), 36 percent is fair and 11 percent poor to very poor.

The winter wheat crop stands at 81 percent complete, right on schedule.

Even the nation’s pasture and range conditions showed improvement, all but be it slightly this week as 36 percent is rated good to excellent (35 percent last week) and 34 percent is rated fair. There is also improvement in the amount of land in the poor to very poor category this week at 30 percent (32 percent last week).

However, some of the drought stressed states are still showing difficult conditions. For example, in California 55 percent is rated poor to very poor, Oregon is 69 percent poor to very poor and Wyoming is 50 percent poor to very poor.

To view the national crop progress report, click here.

For Oklahoma, corn silking reached 74 percent, up 12 points from the previous year but unchanged from normal. Corn dough reached 23 percent, up 9 points from the previous year and up 3 points from normal.

Sorghum headed reached 35 percent, up 14 points from the previous year but down 2 points from normal. Sorghum coloring reached 10 percent, up 8 points from the previous year but down 2 points from normal.

Soybeans emerged reached 90 percent, up 2 points from the previous year but down 2 points from normal. Soybeans blooming reached 40 percent, up 26 points from the previous year and up 8 points from normal. Soybeans setting pods reached 6 percent, up 2 points from the previous year but down 5 points from normal.

Oklahoma cotton squaring reached 65 percent, down 13 points from the previous year and down 10 points from normal. Cotton setting bolls reached 25 percent, up 2 points from the previous year and up 1 point from normal.

The second cutting of alfalfa hay reached 95 percent, up 1 point from the previous year but unchanged from normal. The third cutting of alfalfa hay reached 56 percent, up 4 points from the previous year and up 15 points from normal. The first cutting of other hay reached 95 percent, down 5 points from the previous year and down 1 point from normal. The second cutting of other hay reached 30 percent, down 6 points from the previous year and down 11 points from normal.

Oklahoma pasture and range conditions were rated at 40 percent in the good to excellent category, 46 percent fair and 14 percent poor to very poor.

To view the Oklahoma report, click here.

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